Chinese-led waste-to-energy project to turn Ethiopia’s biggest dump into economic driver

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/19 15:13:39

A Chinese-led waste-to-energy project will start generating power in September in Ethiopia's biggest garbage dump, which will help fuel the country's rapidly growing economy.

The Reppi Waste-to-Energy project in Kolfe Keranio, a sub-city of the capital Addis Ababa, is slated to be opened in September, China's People's Daily newspaper reported on Monday.

The project is a significant part of the cooperation between China and Ethiopia, as the country is seeking to develop its green energy capacity, Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power told the People's Daily.

The Reppi dump, also known as Koshe, meaning "dirty" in the country's most widely spoken language Amharic, is the biggest dump in the country and has been polluting the water and soil nearby for more than 50 years.

According to the People's Daily, the Ethiopian government invested $100 million in the waste-to-energy project and the China National Electric Engineering Corporation started construction work in September 2014.

The project will be able to burn 1,280 tons of waste each day which will produce electricity in its power plant, the newspaper report said.

"More than 200 waste-to-energy power plants have been built in China, which has provided great experience and technology for the Reppi project," according to a China National Electric Engineering Corporation employee, who added that all the equipment used in the project was made in China.

Ethiopia is one of Africa's fastest growing economies but its development has left some behind, Reuters reported. At least 115 people were killed in a landslide at the Reppi dump in May, home to hundreds of people who make a living by scavenging through the garbage, according to Reuters.

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